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Soledad Cross Battle Might Be Heading To Supreme Court

Is it coincidental that the cross was placed above a town (La Jolla) with a history of institutionalized discrimination toward Jews?

March 6, 2014 at 6:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Questions Dog Bonnie Dumanis On San Diego Campaign Finance Probe

Odd journalism here. The article states, "Should Dumanis have raised questions about the money? Responses are mixed." The article then goes on to quote three sources who all seem to agree that she should have acted on the information by either investigating, disavowing the money, or contacting the donors to say they shouldn't be doing this. Sure, the responses are mixed in that they don't line up exactly, but all three persons interviewed say she should have taken some action. It would have been more appropriate to state something like, "Should Dumanis have raised questions about the money? Three people we contacted said Dumanis should have taken action to make her disapproval clear, one going so far as to suggest she should have investigated."

February 19, 2014 at 6:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rise In Referendums: A Look At Why Paid Signature Gatherers Have Staked Out Your Supermarket

This use of the referendum process is simply an indication of a changing power structure in San Diego. Business interests used to control the City Council. They don't anymore and it is jarring to them. They are using the referendum process in an attempt to continue to control the agenda. What they are failing to recognize is that San Diego is steadily becoming a much more progressive town, which business interests will no longer be able to control (see the change in Democrat versus Republican voter registration). Spending time and money on referendums may secure some small wins, at a very high expense, but you can't use this route for every perceived slight. It's too expensive and cumbersome. As well, if you don't negotiate in good faith with the City Council, they'll come to disregard your sincerity. Business interests are going to have to learn to accept their place in the new paradigm of San Diego politics. It will take some time.

February 5, 2014 at 7:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Serious Questions About Patient Care At San Diego Hospice

Great reporting. I do not understand how Ms. Pacurar is allowed by the separate and still existing San Diego Hospice Foundation to keep her job making, I gather, over $150k per year? She was at the helm of the hospice itself when the organization was run into bankruptcy and when all of these issues were taking place, gave rosy interviews successfully bamboozling various reporters into believing there was no big problem and it was all a government overreach, and then took the hospice into bankruptcy. But apparently no problem for her, since the bulk of her pay came/comes from the Foundation, rather than the hospice. Where is the Foundation board of directors in all this? Where is the US Attorney? Snoozing?

March 20, 2013 at 8:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

DeMaio, Goldsmith Discuss 'Future Of Pension Reform'

To correct some misinformation in this article:

The state’s Public Employment Relation Board has NOT ruled against the measure. An administrative law judge working for the PERB ruled against the legitimacy of Proposition B (Comprehensive Pension Reform). The decision would have become final had the City Attorney not filed an exception (appeal). He has done so and now the PERB has the chance to uphold or overturn the finding of the ALJ. How the PERB rules remains to be seen.

Pension reform in accordance with Proposition B is already being implemented. For example, new employees (other than police) are no longer part of the pension system.

Please detail, Ms. Trageser, what aspects of Proposition B are not being implemented at this time. I found your report on the evening news and this article highly misleading on this subject.

March 15, 2013 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Hospice Needs $2 Million To Care For Dying Patients

The administrators of this hospice built a house of cards and what seems to be fraud by accepting hundreds of people who did not ultimately qualify for federal funding. When they were caught, the house of cards collapsed, and it is the legitimately qualified hospice patients who will pay the price. Sadly, San Diego Hospice was seen as a national leader and their "Provost" lists himself as, "Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Palliative Medicine" and a "founding trustee and past Chairman of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine." Hospice is a valuable and important service, but when people like this, who are paid some $250k per year, milk the system, the concept is sullied and the patients suffer for their greed. It does not bode well that the editor in chief of the journal of palliative medicine was involved in this canard.

March 1, 2013 at 7:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

SD County Treasurer Questions Huge Fee Increase For Pension Fund Manager

“For public pension plans greater than a billion dollars," White said, “we outperformed 99 percent of all other public funds.” Over what period? Who is doing the comparing?

In fact, the County’s returns are about the same as those of the City of San Diego’s plan.

Both the City and County plans publish a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that is available on their websites. For some reason, the County plan has yet to publish its report for the most recent fiscal year, whereas the City has done so. The County reportedly earned around 5.5% in fiscal 2012. Under that assumption and averaging the annual reported rate of return for the two plans, the County’s returned an average 13.07% over the past three years and the City’s 12.56%. In terms of the many variables of plans of this size, that is essentially a tie.

In that context, where are the stellar returns the County claims that supposedly justify this contract?

December 27, 2012 at 8:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )